Brescia Wins Community Partner Award from VON Canada


May 14, 2008

London, ON — Brescia University College received the Community Partner Award from the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada yesterday in recognition of two unique community contributions made by the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.

The Award was presented by Angela McMillan, manager of Community Support London, during the Volunteer Appreciation Gala at the Mocha Shrine on May 13. McMillan thanked the faculty and staff for the development of a Breakfast Club for seniors and a nutritional analysis of the pie recipe that the VON used for its Fall Pie Campaign. “Together, we are continuing to identify ways in which we can work together, helping to grow our next community leaders through placement opportunities and building on the knowledge of our academic community to help VON to continue to set the bar when it comes to excellence and best practice.”

The Breakfast Club was created by students in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences under the leadership of Dr. June Matthews and Nici Hamilton, a VON Wellness Link Coordinator for London Housing.

The weekly program creates a sense of community within the building, offers healthy food to those who may not otherwise prepare it for themselves, and provides tips on healthy eating and active living. The goal is to make a positive change in the community by improving the lives of low-income seniors. It is currently being expanded to other London Housing sites.

Under the direction of Dr. Len Piche and Professor Leslie Whittington-Carter, another student in the Department conducted a nutritional analysis of the pie recipe that VON uses for its annual fundraising event. This project supported the Best Practice Standards for Community Meal Programs with VON Canada (Middlesex-Elgin branch). Together, these projects earned the College this year’s VON Community Partner Award.

On receiving the award, Dr. Matthews said, “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the students and faculty who contribute time and effort to support valuable VON community programs and services.”

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A photo is attached. Details: Dr. June Matthews (left), professor at Brescia University College, accepted the Community Partners Award from Angela McMillan, manager of Community Support London, at the Volunteer Appreciation Gala at the Mocha Shrine in London on May 13.

For more information, please contact: Dr. June Matthews, at 519-432-8353, ext. 28004 or Julie Maltby, Communications & Alumnae Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280.

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 954 women registered as full-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while perusing Western degrees. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit